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Police arrest suspected illegal miners for murder and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm

Media Statement
South African Police Service

Office of the Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng

PARKTOWN - Two suspected illegal miners were arrested for murder while ten were arrested for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in Randfontein on Tuesday, 30 August 2022. Police were conducting an operation on illegal miners when they were notified about an act of vigilantism at Bhongweni in Randfontein. On arrival, police rescued two people that were being assaulted by ten people who are suspected to be illegal miners.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the two victims were accused of shooting and killing another illegal miner in the early hours of the morning. Police arrested all twelve suspects and charged two with murder and ten with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The twelve suspects will also be processed by officials from the Department of Home Affairs as they are reported to be undocumented immigrants.

They are expected to appear at Randfontein Magistrates’ Court in due course.


Media Enquiries:
Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo
071 608 5490



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